Singapore maid arrested after CCTV shows her dipping toddler's hand in hot pot


  • Singapore
  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

The maid had initially claimed it was an accident in which the baby touched a hot cooking pot in the kitchen. However, after viewing the footage, the maid said that she had hurt the child so she could go home. - Amy Low/Facebook

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): The police have arrested a 30-year-old maid for hurting a 16-month-old toddler under her care.

The maid was arrested on Jan 15 at her employer's home at Block 992B Buangkok Link.

The details of the incident surfaced on Tuesday (Jan 21) after Facebook user Amy Low, 40, uploaded a 46-second-long video recording from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in her home which shows the maid dipping the toddler's left hand into a pot on the stove repeatedly. The baby girl is heard crying in the video.

The video has since been viewed more than 218,000 times.

Speaking to The Straits Times on Wednesday, Low, an accountant, who has another eight-year-old daughter, said the incident happened on Jan 14.

"My whole body was shaking when I saw the recording", she said.

"(Since the incident), every night my daughter cries and cries non-stop, and she's too young to speak so we don't know if she's having nightmares or is still in so much pain," she added.

She also told ST that the maid was from Myanmar and had been employed on Dec 7 last year.

In the Facebook post, Low wrote in Chinese that the maid had initially claimed it was an accident in which the baby touched a hot cooking pot in the kitchen. However, after viewing the footage, the maid told her that she had hurt the child so she could go home.

Low called the police after viewing the video and the maid was arrested, she said.

The police are investigating the incident as voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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